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Spruce up Your Home for the Holidays and Beyond

SPUCEUP_swatchesThe holiday season provides a perfect excuse to spruce up your space, and whether you’re doing a major renovation or just making small changes, it can be something you enjoy all year long. With friends and family visiting all season you want your home to look its best.
Take a look at your renovation wish list, and consider how much time and money you want to spend fixing things up. If you don’t have a list, here are a few suggestions to keep things fresh.

Your guests spend most of their time in the public spaces of your home: your front hall, living room and dining room. This is where a few adjustments can make the biggest difference, whether it’s something as dramatic as a new dining room set or adding an ottoman to the living room suite, or something simple, like as new pillows or a throw for the loveseat. Even small changes can become conversation pieces.

Light1If you’ve been gazing up at the same lighting fixtures for the past twenty years, it may be time to try something new. There are a variety of styles available to suit any room, and many come with energy savings that weren’t available even ten years ago. Changing your chandelier or ceiling fan may not only brighten up a room, it may save you a few bucks in the long run. And what about that old light by your front door? Maybe it’s time to modernize it with a new coach light. You (and your neighbours) will appreciate the the new fixture.

With people coming in and out of the house all winter, a new rug in your front hall might be just the thing for stamping out those snowy boots. Having your carpets professionally cleaned can make them look like new. If you have hardwood floors, a new rug in the living room can provide a soft and comfortable place for children to play.

A new fireplace will bring joy and warmth to your home. Today, there are so many stylish, affordable options, from woodburning to gas to electric.

Before you deck the halls, why not give them a new coat of paint? A splash of colour can liven up a room. Even something as simple as changing up photos and artwork can provide a fresh look. For bigger jobs, such as updating counter tops or replacing old bathroom sinks, see if you can enlist a skilled helper.

While we all have clutter, it doesn’t have to be visible. Get smart with storage solutions. Use baskets, decorative boxes or shelving to disguise things you don’t use all the time, and get rid of the things you don’t need.

by Nico Mara-McKay